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Juniors, BMA and Hunt need to untangle themselves from the ‘drama triangle’

Years ago I was house surgeon to the late Sir Alan Parks, a past President of the Royal College of Surgeons. I remember him saying that if you are in an ar...

Dear Jeremy Hunt, Stop treating us like babies – we are fully qualified professionals

Dr Ben White, a junior doctor at Newham General Hospital in East London, resigned while being interviewed by Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on Good Morning ...

Plea to PM from college presidents: intervene and bring parties back to negotiation

Dear Prime Minister, You have spoken many times about your commitment to the NHS. In our view, as leaders of the medical profession, the ongoing impasse...

Junior doctors should exhaust legal action before taking strike action

On 26 and 27 April the junior doctors will take the unprecedented action of withdrawing all labour during industrial action, demanding withdrawal of the co...

Key reaction to the new plan and investment for General Practice

Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the General Medical Council “GPs in England are under huge strain at the moment and it is vital that we keep the wor...

Women doctors will step out of acute specialty training into more family friendly posts

Dear Secretary of State, The Medical Women’s Federation write to express our grave concern over the imposition of the junior doctor contract in Englan...

What comic books can teach us about NHS industrial relations?

I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am. A superhero blockbuster movie called Civil War is about to be released. I enjoy comic books. Having...

Full statements on the strike: NHS Medical Director and GMC Chair

Sir Bruce Keogh is medical director of the NHS in England Over the next fortnight, junior doctors will be grappling with their consciences as they consi...

“We are very concerned by the language in the government’s own equality analysis of the contract”

As female presidents of medical royal colleges we have worked hard to encourage women to enter and remain in the medical profession. We have dedicated o...

Equality impact assessment: does the junior doctor contract discriminate against women?

The wording of the equality impact analysis, widely shared on Twitter, came as an unpleasant surprise to many. “Unsocial hours – the proposed change...

Junior doctors – please put away your placards and turn up for work

In my last blog I stated that I had concluded that the BMA were heading to defeat on the issue of the junior doctor’s contract. My primary reason was...